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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

It’s the last hop until Christmas!

Christmas cats funny

I’m glad you stopped in out of your busy world to visit and share. I anticipate the hop being a little quieter this week, and if so, that just means we are spending our time with Christmas cheer and travel. Or perhaps just taking a little break.

But for those who came, I want to officially wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Peace on earth

I truly hope that each of us will experience Peace on Earth this Christmas.

A peek into life:

Here at Ridge Haven we are diffusing a Christmasy blend from Rocky Mountain Oils called Candy Cane! It is a yummy smell in the air! This blend combines peppermint, orange, lavender and Balsam of Peru oils. Very refreshing for our day! And super Christmasy!

Rocky Mountain Oils Candy Cane blend

I finally made some Christmas goodies! Made a recipe of Date Bars and another vintage recipe that my mom used to make us. This candy is called Christmas Crack. I think my mom’s recipe was called O’Henry Bars? I remember they were very yummy. Not healthy in the least, though, so they’re a Christmas treat.


Saltine Toffee Christmas crack candy

Christmas crack candy
First toffee layer cooling.


Christmas crack candy saltine candy


These don’t look like much, but there’s a reason they’re called Christmas crack! Not my recipe, and easy to make! I lost the link to the exact recipe I used but all you have to do is Google Christmas Crack, Saltine Toffee, or Saltine candy and you’ll find thousands of variations. Mine is vegan, but that’s about all I can claim in the lines of health. 🤷‍♀️

Christmas crack candy saltine candy
Christmas Crack Candy

I made these treats to give Greg’s crew for working so hard this year! 🍬 🍫 🍭

Christmas crack candy

Adam spent some time yesterday adding a bit of Christmas cheer to the camper. It does make it nicer with some lights and a few of our heirloom ornaments.

Heirloom Christmas ornaments

Heirloom Christmas angel
I got this Christmas angel when I was just a young child.

Hope to see you all back next week! Until then, Happy Holidays!


Christmas cat

Now on to the Hop

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)


from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Christmas+Word+Scramble+1. Christmas Word Scramble: 12 Days of Free Christmas Printables from Krafty Planner

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Easy-peppermint-mocha2. Easy Peppermint Mocha from An Artful Mom

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Rice Heating Pad3. Rice Heating Pad from The Petite Homestead

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop Featured BadgeGuidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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15 Replies

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my Christmas Word Scramble at this weeks party! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas

  2. Thank you so much for the feature! And as always, for hosting! Merry Christmas to you and your family. 💕

  3. Merry Christmas!!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

What is your experience? 💜 I read every comment, and so many times I find that I gain encouragement from what’s shared. ❤️